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Greek motorcycle bomb damages court buildings

 Police forensic experts gather evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb in that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec...
 Firefighters clear shattered glass from the court administration building at the site of a motorcycle bomb explosion in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 30, 20...
 Firefighters clear shattered glass from the court administration building at the site of a motorcycle bomb exploded in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 30, 201...
 A police forensic expert gather evidences at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec....
 A police forensic expert gathers evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec....
 A police forensic expert gathers evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec....
 Police forensic experts gather evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 3...

Greece Explosion

Police forensic experts gather evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb in that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec...

Greece Explosion

Firefighters clear shattered glass from the court administration building at the site of a motorcycle bomb explosion in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 30, 20...

Greece Explosion

Firefighters clear shattered glass from the court administration building at the site of a motorcycle bomb exploded in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 30, 201...

Greece Explosion

A police forensic expert gather evidences at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec....

Greece Explosion

A police forensic expert gathers evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec....

Greece Explosion

A police forensic expert gathers evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec....

Greece Explosion

Police forensic experts gather evidence at the scene of a motorcycle bomb that damaged two court administration buildings in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 3...

A bomb hidden on a parked motorcycle exploded outside two court buildings in central Athens on Thursday, damaging cars and shattering windows but leaving no one hurt, officials said.
The powerful rush-hour blast occurred at 8:20 a.m. (0620 GMT) following a warning telephone call to a newspaper and private TV station, authorities said. Police had evacuated the targeted buildings, which are used for administrative purposes, as well as a nearby private hospital. State health officials confirmed that no one was injured.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on Greek militant groups, which have stepped up attacks in the past two years. A group of suspects is facing trial next month.
The caller who provided the warning was described as a man speaking clearly in Greek.
The blast occurred in a densely populated area in the city's Ambelokipi district, shattering windows and nearby shop storefronts in a 200-meter (yard) radius, and seriously damaging at least 10 cars. It sent up a cloud of smoke that was visible across the city.
Police said the bomb was stored in a hard luggage case in the back of a motorcycle reported stolen in a nearby area of Athens several hours earlier.
An initial examination of the site, suggested that the explosive Anfo _ a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil used in construction but also in improvised explosive devices _ was used, police investigators said. The material has been used in the past by Greek terror groups and seized in police raids in recent months on suspected militant safehouses.
"It goes without saying that we condemn this attack. Violence does not solve anyone's problems," Spyros Vouyias, a deputy public works minister, told private Skai television. Vouyias served previously at the public order minister, in charge of police and the anti-terrorism service.
Attacks by far-left and anarchist militant groups jumped by 43 percent in 2009 in the European Union compared to the previous year, according to the EU police agency, Europol, with most of the incidents in Italy, Spain and Greece.
Court buildings and senior officials have been targeted several times in the past in terror attacks.
In the wake of Thursday's blast, the Greek Court Employees Association called for increased police security at court buildings.
At least a dozen suspected members of the violent anarchist group calling itself Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire are due to go on trial on Jan. 17. The group also claimed responsibility for a spate of parcel bomb attacks targeting embassies in Athens and other sites in November.
A violent Italian anarchist group carried out a string of embassy bombings in the past week, in solidarity with jailed Greek militants.


Updated : 2021-04-15 10:37 GMT+08:00